Just whoring out my main axe here.
Around Dec 2007, I needed a 2nd guitar because of the project I was in had multiple tunings. I had a Yamaha RBX374 bass that I wasn't playing anymore so I hung around Craigslist wanting to do a trade.
I found a guitar I've never heard of before: a 6 string Electra X260 Invicta. It was in bad shape but it was advertised that it came with Duncan Distortion in the bridge. So I hit the dude up and he's interested.
I get there and find that it's all beat up, missing a knob, only had 5 strings, and the top strap button was missing but replaced with a small screw...
(damn you CL for allowing such small pics) Now normally I would've denied and left, but something told me to go ahead and take it.
So I get home and took pics:
I was surprised to see that even though it was pretty beaten up, I didn't have to adjust the truss! I cleaned it up, restringed it, adjusted the height & intonation, then give it a whirl.
It sounded and felt GREAT! I was in love and was glad I listened to my inner voice. The only other great guitar i've ever owned was a 1996 Ibby RG550 and this played helluva lot better! I was definitely pleased.
Some time later, I realized that the SH-6 didn't look like any SH-6 I've seen before, so I hit up the SD forums and found that it's in fact an SH-10 aka Full Shred. Wasn't really pleased or displeased, but I was happy enough with the tone to not change them out.
Fast forward to March 2009
I was at band practice in a different project. At the end of the night, I leaned it up against the wall. BAD MISTAKE.
I heard my drummer yell at me, then I heard a loud SNAP. Like a bone breaking.... I had thought it just fell, but then things turned for the worst; The headstock SNAPPED due to it falling flat face forward (tongue twister thar!)
I picked it up and was totally heartbroken.... like when a pet dies.
^OM NOM NOM
After doing research, I found that it wasn't as bad because of where the break was, totally fixable. If it was any lower, I would've had to trash it since it's a bound neck.
With my finances being totally horrible (for the last 6 years...) I couldn't afford to pay someone to fix it. I invested in a bottle of Gorilla Wood Glue, a couple of clamps, then went to work.
Here are the results afterwards (not the best job in the world):
Even before it broke, I would have NEVER sold it. If I wanted to today, I wouldn't get jack because of its condition and history. I still don't wanna sell it, hell, I'll prolly ask to be buried with it.
It's because of this guitar that I fell in love with Ash + Full Shred.
So yeah, that's my story of my guitar for life. Hope you enjoyed it! Now here are the specs on the guitar:
Date of Manuf: Jan 1980
Solid Ash body (looks like the top is flamed or bookmatched towards the middle?)
5 piece maple neck (looks like birdseye?)
"Bayonet neck junction" (silly descrip for set neck?)
3 Way Switch and Coil Tap
Maple Fingerboard?? I've never seen a dark maple fretboard before.
The Electra Guitar Page - X260 Invicta
That guitar definitely has some sex appeal to it. It's certainly some dirty sex, but the good kind of dirty sex. I like the color of it, and it's worn in look.